Stories of Success

Widow Utilizes Microfinance Program to Care for Her Family

Through the African Woman Food Farmer Initiative, Messe Chauque has increased farm production and now earns enough money to send her children to school.

Elected Woman Leader Fights For Community Funding

B. Rani Devaraj works with economically disadvantaged communities to create better learning environments and improve local sanitation.

Traditional Doctor Promotes Indigenous Rights

Traditional doctor, Nelly Marcos Manrique, participated in several training programs, which gave her insight into positive changes she could make for her community.

“We Are Here to Make a Difference:” Women Leaders in Village Panchayats – Vol II

This volume documents the path breaking strides being taken by 118 elected women representatives across the country in ensuring that children attend school, that their villages are equipped with adequate health facilities and that all sections of the population are aware of and can access government schemes.

“We Are Here to Make a Difference:” Women Leaders in Village Panchayats

This publication is a compilation of the profiles of 51 women leaders who represent the one million elected women leaders in Panchayats who struggle every day to change the development agenda of their villages.

May 2008: Profiles of Inspiring Hunger Project Animators in Dhaka, Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, the training of local activists, called “animators,” is key to all of our activities. Animator trainings are highly empowering, inspiring, and motivational training programs.

February 2008: Radhia Adivasi: A Courageous and Powerful Elected Woman Representative (India)

Radhia Adivasi is the sarpanch (village governing council chairperson) at the Chak Dehi village. She is a tribal woman, which means she faces all the marginalization and exclusion that Dalits, also known as untouchables, experience.

February 2007: Case Studies of AWFFI Success in Ethiopia

Five case studies of members of the first African Woman Food Farmer Initiative (AWFFI) loan groups at Jaldu Epicenter in Ethiopia. These women received their first loans in June 2005 and successfully repaid their loans in June 2006.